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Unfinished DAP-funded projects worry executive, Abad admits

Posted On 2014 Jul 28
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President Benigno S. Aquino lll attends to the Good Governance Summit 2014 with the theme of " Good Governance through Open Government and Sustainable Procurement " at the Philippine International Convention Center, CCP Complex in Pasay City,Wednesday,July 15. Also in photo are from left, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda,Deped Secretary Armin Luistro, DILG Secretary Mar Roxas II, DOJ Secretary Leila De Lima, DBM Secretary Florencio Abad, Secretary to the Cabinet Rene Almendras, Central Bank Governor Amando Tetangco, Presidential Legislative Liason Officer Manuel Mamba.(Photo by Benhur Arcayan/Malacañang Photo Bureau)

President Benigno S. Aquino lll attends to the Good Governance Summit 2014 with the theme of ” Good Governance through Open Government and Sustainable Procurement ” at the Philippine International Convention Center, CCP Complex in Pasay City,Wednesday,July 15. Also in photo are from left, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda,Deped Secretary Armin Luistro, DILG Secretary Mar Roxas II, DOJ Secretary Leila De Lima, DBM Secretary Florencio Abad, Secretary to the Cabinet Rene Almendras, Central Bank Governor Amando Tetangco, Presidential Legislative Liason Officer Manuel Mamba.(Photo by Benhur Arcayan/Malacañang Photo Bureau)

MANILA (Mabuhay) — The Aquino administration is still clueless on how it will go about the projects funded by the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) that have yet to be completed, Budget Secretary Florencio Abad admitted before senators Thursday.

Yun ang isang pinagtatalunan sa executive, sa aking pagkakaalam karamihan (sa mga proyekto) ay naisagawa na. Inaalam naming ngayon kung alin ang hindi pa natatapos. May pangangamba ang bureaucracy sa mga proyektong hindi pa natatapos,” Abad told Senate finance committee chairman Francis Escudero during the hearing on DAP.

Abad said they still need to consult with legal experts on what should be done with the projects.

Kailangang isangguni sa legal experts kasi hindi masyadong maliwanag ang sinasabi ng Korte Suprema,” he said. “Makakatulong po kung maririnig namin ang Kongreso.”

SC decision

The Supreme Court has ruled that portions of the DAP are unconstitutional, triggering the filing of impeachment complaints against President Benigno Aquino III and calls for Abad’s resignation.

Defending the DAP before the Senate committee, Abad said the SC decision will not encourage efficient public spending nor will it push agencies to use funds for the public services.

He said DAP was an urgent response to the urgent problem as low expenditures pose threat to the economic development.

“Since 2011 when DAP was implemented, we saw dramatic GDP (Gross Domestic Product) growth, 6.8 percent in 2012 and  7.23 percent in 2013. DAP yielded positive results,” he said.

He said the SC ruling will send a chilling effect on the administration’s momentum of reform as it prevent officials to seek innovative solutions to problems.

The high court decision, however, has not affected P5 million worth of DAP-funded flood-control projects, said Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson, who was present during the hearing.

74 percent accomplishment na yung projects. Hindi na kami makonsensiyang hintuin pa kaya pinagpapatuloy namin,” he said.

The DPWH also continued with projects that already have appropriations cover and for which Special Allotment Release Orders have been released.

Ang hindi naming tinuloy ay yung mga projects na wala pang kontrata, hindi cover ng notice to proceed or notice of award,” said Singson. (MNS)

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